The adage, "if at first you don't succeed ..." certainly applies to Nate Sacks, a young Norfolk songwriter who over the weekend triumphed at the Sea Level Singer-Songwriter Festival's Emerging Artist contest.
For the final round of the competition, 10 singer-songwriters were asked to perform their own compositions for a panel of judges. At the event, held Saturday April 7 at the Chrysler Museum's Kaufman Theatre in Norfolk, the field was first whittled down to three finalists: Trey Andrews, Jenn Lawyer and Sacks. Those three performed again and Sacks was chosen as winner.
The following CDBaby.com bio says Nate was chosen as a finalist in the previous two years of the Sea Level contest. It seems the third time was the charm.
Nate Sacks is a musician and singer-songwriter from Norfolk, Virginia. Nate has had a passion for songwriting since the age of 14 and has been a part of Norfolk’s local band scene since age 16. These local bands include The Void, The Dangerous Darbys, and most currently Honey Badger. He studied jazz saxophone at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Old Dominion University. Some of his major influences include the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Shins, Dr. Dog, Ween, and Umphrey’s Mcgee. Nate competed as one of ten finalists in the Sea Level Songwriting Competition in 2010 and 2011. His songwriting style ranges from folk to reggae to country, and as he learns day to day there aren’t signs of him stopping there.
As winner, Sacks is entitled to a package of prizes:
- Radio interviews with Paul Shugrue of WHRV on “Out of the Box,” and Hunter Hughes of WHRV HD3 on “Hunter at Sunrise.”
- An appearance on the “Hampton Roads Show” on WAVY 10, April 20
- A 10 hour recording session at Clay Garden Recording Studio in Norfolk ($650 value)
- A consult with Moore Music (to explore potential booking opportunities)
- A $50 gift certificate to Russell’s Music World
This year's list of finalists included Terry Smith of Yorktown, Alissa Feudo of Newport News and Bria Kelly of Smithfield.
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